Empowering the Workforce to deliver Excellence in Safeguarding Practice

This event is a series of sessions over a one week period open to everyone who works within the Children's and Adults Workforce in the City of Nottingham.  

Objectives:

  • Understanding and value the importance of the Voice of the Child and reflecting it in your working practice.
  • Raise Awareness of Emerging Safeguarding themes for the City in Children’s and Adults Safeguarding.
  • Increasing Safety through Meaningful Engagement with Children and Families
  • Opportunity to explore safeguarding practice issues and look at how to improve your own practice.
  • Develop a broader knowledge of safeguarding and risks and understanding what action to take.

Please find below the list of sessions that are on offer - click on the title to find out more information and how to book.  Cost - £10 per person per session - see full terms and conditions on the booking page.   (Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Based Schools Staff are exempt from this charge).

Session Titles:

Title/Speaker

Session Description

Dates & Time

Audience

Emerging Themes in Safeguarding

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Facilitators:

Shelley Nicholls, Strategic Lead - YOT, Racheal Osbourne, CSE coordinator and Missing Children Team Manager, and John Matravers, Service Manager Safeguarding Partnerships, NCC

 

Session overview: 

The safeguarding environment that we all work in continues to present new and emerging challenges to the workforce. Issues including CSE in boys, Knife Crime, Psychoactive Substances the PREVENT agenda and the changing demographics of Nottingham City require an informed and skilled workforce. This session aims to highlight these issues and more as well as developing confidence in the workforce about how to approach them.

 

Session Objectives:

  •  To raise the profile of emerging themes across the safeguarding partnership.
  • To equip colleagues with the information about where to go for resources on these issues.
  • To build confidence in colleagues in addressing these issues.

12 February

09.30-11.30am

 

Children’s and Families Workforce

Learning from Reviews

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Facilitator:

Mandy Smith and Holly Bligh, Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board and Hayley Frame – Lead reviewer and author.

Session overview:  This session offers participants the opportunity to learn about the Serious Case Review (SCR) process, and to hear about learning from recent local reviews in Nottingham.  This is to encourage practitioners to reflect on their practice and consider how to improve outcomes for children.

Session Objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of the Serious Case Review process
  • To gain an understanding of practice issues raised in recent reviews
  • To further explore some of the key themes in more detail and consider the learning against your own practice.

13 February

10.30am -12.30pm

 

 

Effective engagement-Agreements, Contracts and Family Network Meetings

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Facilitator:

Tajinder Madahar, Head of Service - Children’s Duty and Targeted Services and Lisa Churchill, Acting Team Manager - Targeted Support Team, NCC

 

Session overview:  This session will give participants the opportunity to explore some of the key principals of engagement when working with families; in developing agreements, using contacts, and defining expectations to keep children and young people safe.  It will also include an opportunity to learn more about frameworks that support families to identify their own support networks.

 Session Objectives:

  • To allow participants time to reflect on how they can improve their practice when engaging with families
  • To better understand the key principals underpinning effective engagement
  • To learn about Family Network Meetings, how these are being used to support safeguarding practice;  and how the principals can be applied across settings.  

13 February

2.00 – 4.00pm

Children’s Workforce 

Role of the LADDO

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Facilitator:

Eve Hailwood, Principal Manager Quality Assurance, Nottingham City Council

Session Overview:

The session will explain the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for managing allegations levelled against persons employed in a position of trust working with children and young people. This includes volunteers, teachers, social workers and many more people.

Session Objectives

  • To have an understanding of the allegations/concerns process.
  • Consider how to keep yourself safe when working with children and young people
  • Where to go for support and advice/responsibility of the employer.

14 February

12.00- 1.00pm

Children’s and Families Workforce

Having Difficult Conversations

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Facilitators:

Tracey Nurse, Head of Children’s Social Care, John Matravers, Service Manager Safeguarding Partnerships, NCC and Kirsty Bloor, Children’s Service, NUH

 

Session overview: 

  • To help build confidence in the workforce when having difficult conversations with children and families.
  • This session  will help you understand that difficult conversations do not need to be as daunting as they appear, and will highlight the benefits that managing difficult conversations can bring to you as an individual and to your service user.

Session Objectives:

  • How to prepare and plan in advance
  • Developing communication skills and techniques
  • To equip colleagues with a toolbox.
  • To help build confidence in the workforce when having difficult conversations with children and families.

14 February

2.30 – 4.30pm

Children’s and Families Workforce

Low mood and Depression in Children and Young People

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Facilitator:

Mel Taylor, CAMHS CBT Specialist and Kerry Rossi, CAMHS Specialist, NCC

 

Session overview:  A brief session exploring depression and low mood in Children and young people:  how it looks, how you can help, role of medication, managing risk and when to refer on.

Session Objectives:

  • Understanding the presentation of low mood and depression in children and young people
  • Understanding a multi-agency approach to support children and young people with low mood and depression
  • Understanding ways of managing risk around depression and low mood in children and young people
  • Understanding how and when to refer to CAMHS

15 February

09.30- 11.30am

Children’s and Families Workforce

Neglect: The individual impact on children and young people - What we can do

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Facilitators:

Julia Bayliss, Team Manager, NSPCC Coventry and Gurpreet Dosanjh, Children Services Practitioner, NSPCC Coventry

Session Overview: This workshop will support professionals in identifying neglect and then focus on the impact of neglect and present a range of tools and resources professionals can use to work more effectively in this area.

Session Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the short and longer term impact of neglect on different age ranges
  • Develop insight into the link between neglect and emotional harm
  • Share resources and tools when working with neglect

 

15 February

12.00 – 2.00pm

 

Children’s and Families Workforce

 Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA)-  Safeguarding Survivors and Children

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Facilitators:

Elizabeth Birch, Equation, and Manjit Rai, WAIS

 

Information coming soon for this session

 

 

16 February

09.30- 11.30am

 

Children’s and Adults Workforce

Ending Female Genital Mutilation - our role and responsibilities’ 

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Facilitators:

Claire Trott, PSHE/Healthy Schools Consultant, NCC and a Volunteer.

 Information coming soon for this session

16 February

12.00 – 1.30pm

 Children’s and Families Workforce

Making Safeguarding Personal

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Session Facilitator: Sarah Gibbons, Team Manager and Principal Social Worker, Nottingham City Council and Rhonda Christian, Adults Safeguarding Practitioner, Nottingham City CCG.

 

Session Overview:  To improve understanding and awareness relating to ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’.

Session Objectives:

  • To understand the aims of ‘making Safeguarding Personal’ and the responsibilities this places on organisations when supporting those at risk of abuse
  • To understand how this approach can help improve outcomes for individuals
  • To develop confidence and skills in working with adults at risk of abuse and enabling them to take part in the process to the fullest extent possible

16 February

2.00 – 4.00pm

Adults Workforce

 If you have any queries about any of the sessions please do not hesitate to contact Laura Sanders on 0115 8765087 or email laura.sanders@nottinghamcity.gov.uk .